Built For Blame, Laced With Shame
[Grey Area Records]
Get Scared have returned, this time with a six track EP to follow their previous full length, Best Kind of Mess. Instrumentally, Built For Blame, Laced With Shame often sounds much heavier than one would expect, considering that the vocals are primarily smooth and melodic. At times, the balance is a little distracting, making the listener feel like they should be hearing screaming instead of singing, but it’s not enough to be an actual problem. Speaking of the vocals, Get Scared have a new leader that has an excellent voice. Like a cross between Alex Roy (Sparks the Rescue) and Craig Owens (Chiodos), Joel Faviere really steals the show with his soaring cleans and occasional frantic bursts. While the songs didn’t come out to be instantly memorable for me, I’ve given this EP probably six spins now, and they’ve definitely grown on me with every passing play. I especially found “Problematic” to be hard hitting, darkly melodic, and even catchy. “Cynical Skin” has a really killer chorus, “Keep Myself Alive” has a vampire opera feel to it, and “Start To Fall” has both an upbeat and eery grab in its arrangements. Ultimately, Built For Blame gets better with every repeated listen, so give it a chance, especially if you were a fan of the screamo scene during the early 2000′s. – by Nathaniel Lay
>> Classification: Post-Screamo
>> Recommended Tracks: “Problematic”, “Start To Fall”, “Cynical Skin”
>> In Conclusion: Get Scared are back with a new singer and EP, and both sound great.